Oscar-winning Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese will venture into new territory (both thematically and on a technical level) with this November’s 3D family-friendly adventure, Hugo.

A teaser trailer for Hugo (formerly, Hugo Cabret) has been unveiled, painting the film as a beautiful period piece that actually looks to make proper use of the extra dimension. But can the director whose repertoire tends toward R-Rated material like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed deliver a charmingly whimsical flick for all ages?

The easy answer would be “yes,” since Scorsese remains an undeniably capable filmmaker who has worked in a variety of genres, with solid results in the past. Truth be told, though, he’s arguably at his best when it comes to directing dark character pieces or gritty crime dramas.

But enough of that – go ahead and check out the Hugo trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) for yourself:

Curious about the actual plot of Hugo? Read the official synopsis below for some insight on the matter:

‘Hugo’ tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick’s award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” this magical tale is Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D.

As mentioned before, the Hugo footage suggests that Scorsese is going the non-gimmicky route with the 3D, selecting to use the technology to further draw viewers into the lovely 1930s setting of the film – though, as always, there will certainly be more in-your-face shots as well (ex. when the train comes crashing through the station, in this trailer).

Hugo boasts an excellent cast overall, with Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) as the titular character, Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) as his father, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) as the “eccentric” girl Isabelle, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) as (basically) a comic relief train station guard, and Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) as Isabelle’s “father”: the famous fantastical French filmmaker, Georges Méliès. So on the acting front, the film will definitely deliver.

But will the movie be as engaging and delightful a cinematic venture as the trailer promises? Well, as mentioned before, we ARE talking about Scorsese here. Suffice it to say, he probably deserves the benefit of the doubt, at this point.

Hugo arrives in both 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on November 23rd, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers